I Chose This One: The Dying, Poor People of Manila
I chose to visit the poor, destitute and the dying children of Manila for my company's annual gift giving activity. This is an annual event where we visited Don Bosco, Unang Hakbang and St Francis in Pasig.
Slated to meet at the new Starbucks on Valero St, we proceeded to an unknown orphanage in Belair called Bahay ni Maria where the children, some came from Parola in Tondo, greeted us with song and dance numbers
the crying child
After brief stop, we quickly sped away to Pangarap Foundation on Taft Avenue, Pasay City where street children are being taught various skills like candle making.
these are not real apples but candles made by street children
The next stop of the "tour" is the Missionaries of Charity on Tayuman St in Manila.
If the name of this center who is dedicated to helping the "poorest of the poor" doesn't sound familiar to you, the name of the founder should-- Mother Theresa of Kolkata (Calcutta).
It's actually my 3rd visit to this place though we frequent the center for the destitute and the dying where the sight of sick , dying people is so depressing they don't need to remind me not to take pictures.
since we're caught in heavy traffic going to Tayuman, we changed our itenerary to proceed first to Emerald restaurant, in front of the US Embassy in Manila, where we partook of a sumptious lunch.
last stop was Asilo de San Vicente de Paul (run by the Congregation fo the Mission who also runs my alma mater) on UN Avenue. It's here that we gave away computers, new ones, that they were able to teach children how to use computers.
note that these visits are just courtesy calls since the donations and gifts were already delivered in advanced.
Now, if you feel life to be burdensome always, why not try to visit similar orphanages and centers, of which Manila has lots of, for you to realize how lucky you are for you're not in those poor people's shoes.
posted by backpacking philippines @ 8:50 PM,
- At Dec 22, 2006, 12:45:00 PM, iskoo said...
how come na nakuhanan mo pa rin ng maganda kahit umiiyak yung bata, huling huli mo ang emotions nya :)http://iskoo.blogspot.com
- At Dec 22, 2006, 4:56:00 PM, Toe said...
It is good and unselfish of you to share your blessings this Christmas. We also have two Missionaries of Charity centers in Cambodia. One is an orphanage and another is a hospital which cares for people with AIDS. They are doing a good job here.
- At Dec 23, 2006, 3:42:00 PM, Senor Enrique said...
I tip my hat off to those who continually share their life with the underpriviliged kids. Good, job, Tito!
- At Dec 24, 2006, 6:32:00 AM, GENIUS IS JUST ANOTHER MOUSE! said...
What a meaningful Christmas indeed. God bless you.
- At Dec 27, 2006, 7:07:00 AM, Ferdz said...
Very good choice. Ako di ko pa nasubukan bumisita sa mga orphanages.
Happy Holidays Tito!
- At Feb 14, 2008, 11:38:00 AM, said...
they don't want you to take pictures at the missionaries of charity because they should not have destitute and dying children behind that blue gate in the first place. they don't give proper care to the children there simply because they want your pity. your pity only means more money for them at the expense of the children under their "care." net time, take pictures.
- At Aug 3, 2008, 10:34:00 AM, said...
can i have the contact no. of bahay ni maria? id love to help..
- At Nov 18, 2008, 8:59:00 AM, KapusoAko! said...
Can i please have the complete address of the Missionaries of Charity? Im spearheading our team's Christmas Gift Giving and we want it to be with them. Hope you can give me their address (how to get there)and also contact number if you have any. Thanks and God Bless!
- At Nov 18, 2008, 8:40:00 PM, tutubi said...
kapusoAko, it's just on Tayuman St. in Manila. If you know Tayuman St. From EDSA Monumento, drive on Rizal Avenue then turn right on Abad Santos St (actually, it's a fork) then turn right on Tayuman St. Continue driving until you see the place on your left. For the telephone number, will try to get it from my officemate. do check this page later :P
- At Feb 4, 2010, 6:36:00 AM, Jomel dela Cruz said...
Nice, try to visit Cottolengo Filipino in Montalban, Rizal home for the Special children... visit www.cottolengofilipino.org GBU!!
- At Jul 24, 2011, 10:37:00 AM, amanda said...
can i western union money to 1148 united nations ave from the us for a donation to asilo de san vincent de pal orphange directly or do I have to go through another service to get it there???? Need to know as soon as posible please